Researchers tried modeling intergroup anxiety but look what the public heard about the results, instead of the facts:
In fact, nearly every claim about the paper seems to misunderstand how computer models work generally and how they worked in this paper in particular. First, there is nothing particularly “religious” about the criteria used in the model. In computer models, you can name the pieces of the model however you wish. The authors of the software simply happened to assign religious names to the components of the model. There was hardly anything religious about it apart from that.
According to the BBC article, the study shows that “The most risky situations are when the difference in the size of two different religious groups is similar and people encounter ‘out-group members’ more regularly, perceiving them as dangerous.”
Did the study show that? Let’s look at it … More.
A useful primer for what to expect if people pay attention to these media dinosaurs and their enablers.
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